Environmental Education awards, summer camps, and can't-miss events in this issue of Bin Thinking.
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July 2016

A Message from Jane

Recently, members of the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina (EEASC) observed the magic evening world of fireflies and owl calls at the Congaree National Park. Experiences like this remind me how special our state is, and how important it is to protect it.  Day after day, dedicated environmental educators work to give tomorrow’s citizens the knowledge and inspiration they will need to create a sustainable future. Below are a flock of awards resulting from the efforts of environmental educators in Richland and Lexington counties. 

WHOOO are they?

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

SC Green Step Mentors

On June 23, environmental educators and schools from nine counties were recognized at DHEC’s Take Action Today Workshop for helping SC students establish and sustain model quality environmental projects as part of the 2016 SC Green Step School Initiative.  

Outstanding environmental educators who mentored local Green Step schools include:
  • City of Columbia Recycling: Samantha Yager
  • Keep the Midlands Beautiful: Jacqueline Buck and Lauren Robinson
  • Lexington County Recycling: Rick VanDerGeest
  • Palmetto Pride: Sandra Bryan
  • Richland County 4-H: Weatherly Thomas
  • Richland County Conservation: Chanda Cooper
  • Richland County Carolina Clear: Karen Jackson
  • SC DHEC Bureau of Air Quality: Lisa Clark and Leslie Coolidge
  • SC DNR: Sarah Chabanne
  • SC Forestry Commission: Matt Schnabel (pictured)
  • SC Wildlife Federation: Laura Blake-Orr
  • Sonoco Recycling: Jane Hiller

SC Green Step School Awards

Seven local schools received awards for one or more Green Step projects:
  • Bradley Elementary School
  • Columbia Islamic School
  • Deerfield Elementary School
  • Dutch Fork Academy of Environmental Science
  • Heyward Career and Technology Center
  • Lake Carolina Elementary Lower Campus
  • Lower Richland High School 

CERTIFIED SC Green Step Schools

Twelve local schools received CERTIFIED SC Green Step status for having established and sustained two or more model quality projects in each category.
  • A.C. Moore Elementary School
  • Catawba Trail Elementary School*
  • Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School
  • Gilbert Elementary School
  • H.E. Corley Elementary School
  • Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
  • Longleaf Middle School
  • Montessori School of Columbia
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School
  • Pontiac Elementary School
  • River Bluff High School
  • St John Neumann Catholic School
*Catawba Trail Elementary (pictured) was also named SC Green Step’s 2016 RESTORE School of the Year – congratulations! 

Champions of the Environment

In addition, four local schools were selected by DHEC as SC Champions of the Environment for helping to protect the natural world and boost environmental awareness.
  • AC Moore Elementary School
  • Bookman Elementary School
  • Deerfield Elementary School
  • Dutch Fork Academy of Environmental Science
This yearly competition awards up to eight K-12 environmental projects with grants worth up to $2,000.

Richland County Awards

Richland County Conservation
Principal of the Year:

Denise Barth
Catawba Trail Elementary School

Richland County Conservation Teacher of the Year:

Kristin Ziegler
Long Leaf Middle School


State Awards

EEASC Educator of the Year:  
Amy Price (pictured)
River Bluff High School

SC Project Learning Tree’s
Educator of the Year:

Chanda Cooper
Richland County Conservation Department

Can't Miss Events and
Summer Camps

July 13-16

24th Annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS)
Location: Columbia, S.C.

Registration now closed. 

August 4

Project WET Water Education Workshop
Location: Perrin Thomas Community Center


August 8-12

4-H20 Camp: Exploring Lake Murray
Serving 10-14 year olds of Lexington, Richland, and Newberry counties.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Price: $125

August 27 

Girl Scout Resource Fair 
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Location: Columbia Service Center


August 27 

Summer Celebration of Water
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Riverfront Park

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